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I have an egg-sized lipoma on my shoulder.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have an egg-sized lipoma on my shoulder. Is there anything I can take that will help? If at all possible, I would like to avoid surgery. Thanks!” — Steve S., Green Bay, WI

A. Dear Steve,  A lipoma is a growth of fat cells contained in a thin, fibrous capsule usually found just below the skin. Why a lipoma develops is still not completely understood, but the tendency to develop them seems to be hereditary. In some cases, growth may be triggered by a minor injury.

I am glad to say I do have some recommendations that will help the body more efficiently and optimally process fat - allowing the body to reabsorb the lipoma. However, be patient as it will take some time before you see results.

I would first recommend adding a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract to your daily regimen. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective in promoting tissue repair. I recommend taking 500 mg of boswellia twice daily, making sure to separate each dose by at least 6-8 hours.  Be sure to look for a formula that provides Boswellia serrata gum resin extract standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA. It’s also important to find one that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract – look for an extract that contains 5% or less beta-boswellic acid. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract.

You can also use a blend of highly concentrated peppermint, rosemary, Labrador Tea, juniper, lemon and cypress plant oils, which are very effective for detoxifying the lymphatic system, as well as the liver and kidneys. I recommend taking 2 softgel of this combination twice daily. Be sure to choose a formula which features concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.

In addition to the suggestions above, I would also use a blend of ginger and sesame seed oil and apply it to the lipoma.  Ginger oil can be a little strong, so it’s best to dilute it in a little sesame seed oil (approx. 2 or 3 drops of ginger oil in ½ teaspoon of sesame seed oil).

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally


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